Verse

Psalm 91:1

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
    my God, in whom I trust.” 
Surely he will save you 
    from the fowler’s snare 
    and from the deadly pestilence. 
He will cover you with his feathers, 
    and under his wings you will find refuge; 
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
You will not fear the terror of night, 
    nor the arrow that flies by day, 
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, 
    nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
A thousand may fall at your side, 
    ten thousand at your right hand, 
    but it will not come near you. 
You will only observe with your eyes 
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”    
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
 
no harm will overtake you, 
    no disaster will come near your tent. 
For he will command his angels concerning you 
    to guard you in all your ways; 
they will lift you up in their hands, 
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; 
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; 
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
He will call on me, and I will answer him; 
    I will be with him in trouble, 
    I will deliver him and honor him. 
With long life I will satisfy him 
    and show him my salvation.” 
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
    my God, in whom I trust.” 
Surely he will save you 
    from the fowler’s snare 
    and from the deadly pestilence. 
He will cover you with his feathers, 
    and under his wings you will find refuge; 
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
You will not fear the terror of night, 
    nor the arrow that flies by day, 
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, 
    nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
A thousand may fall at your side, 
    ten thousand at your right hand, 
    but it will not come near you. 
You will only observe with your eyes    
and see the punishment of the wicked.
 
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling, 
no harm will overtake you, 
    no disaster will come near your tent. 
For he will command his angels concerning you 
    to guard you in all your ways; 
they will lift you up in their hands, 
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; 
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; 
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 
He will call on me, and I will answer him; 
    I will be with him in trouble, 
    I will deliver him and honor him. 
With long life I will satisfy him 
    and show him my salvation. 

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Do You Have God’s Protection?

Psalm 91 is a short poem of comfort written millennia ago, and it makes great boasts. For generations, it has comforted a nation: in letters passed down to children, as a mantra for soldiers going off to war, and as a lullaby sung on many dark nights.

There’s no magic power in the words, but there’s might behind them. This Psalm was breathed out by the Spirit of God, pledging promises of protection to his children. They’re powerful words because their keeper is the Almighty. They’re strong words from a strong God.

The Psalm begins with,

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1 NIV).

Quite a privilege. Quite the promise. The only catch is, it’s personal. This poem belongs to someone; not everyone. This Psalm rehearses the precious promises of protection from the Most High God to those who belong to him. The next verse follows,

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'” (Psalm 91:2 NIV).

Do you see the level of intimacy here? My refuge. My fortress. My God, in whom I trust.

Can you say with the Psalmist, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust?” Do you find yourself under the shadow of the Almighty?

The Ultimate Offer of Protection

God becomes your refuge and your rock when you accept God’s offer of protection.

The Bible teaches that the worst danger to face mankind—God’s righteous punishment for our sin—is universally inescapable apart from the pure kindness of God. God, in his mercy, has already employed a rescue mission so you might miraculously come through it.

We all are God’s enemies by default, at birth (Romans 5:10; Psalm 51:5), and “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)—the most fearful thing. We have no way to escape the eternal judgment of God’s vengeful wrath for our sin, which we actually deserve.

But God intervenes.

He first opens our eyes through his Word, the Bible, to see the danger we are in—“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23; 6:23 NIV).

We are evil from birth, our first “no” being proof of ingrained rebellion. God, being good and perfect, is an enemy of all evil. Therefore, we live awaiting his just judgment.

But God gives us the miracle of conviction over our sin; the desire for his rescue; a heart that for the first time cries, “God have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13 NIV).

Then through his Word, God reveals to us the message of salvation: that we can be reconciled to God through the death of his Son, Jesus Christ, and be saved by his life (Romans 5:10). “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NIV).

The Bible also teaches that, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21 NIV). For “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

To all who believe and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, to those who believe in his name, “he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NIV).

Will You Make Him Your Refuge?

When God grants someone faith to believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, he makes them a child of the King in the kingdom of God.

He gives that person Jesus’ righteousness—the new identity as a friend, and not as an enemy of God.

God gives his favor and his love—a bulwark mightier than death itself.

God gives the hope of an eternity in perfect peace with him, the very fount of joy and life.

Once someone entrusts their life to Jesus Christ, God gives them every promise contained in his Word: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV)—this includes the promises made in Psalm 91.

There are only two places to abide—outside or under the shadow of the Almighty. Though the nearness of God is a terror to the sinner; it is a tender comfort to those saved by his loving sacrifice.

Do you find yourself under the Shadow of the Almighty?

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Whoever
dwells 
in
the shelter 
 
of the Most
High will
 
rest in the shadow 
of the Almighty. 

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Those who commune with God are safe with him, no evil can reach them, for theoutstretched wings of his power and love cover them from all harm. This protection is constantthey abide under it, and it is all sufficient, for it is the shadow of the Almighty, whose omnipotence will surely screen them from all attack. No shelter can be imagined at all comparable to the protection of Jehovah’s own shadow. The Almighty himself is where his shadow is, and hence those who dwell in his secret place are shielded by himself. What a shade in the day of noxious heat! What a refuge in the hour of deadly storm! Communion with God is safety. The more closely we cling to our Almighty Father the more confident may we be.  

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How great is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in you. You hide them in the protection of your presence; you conceal them in a shelter from human schemes, from quarrelsome tongues. Blessed be the Lord, for he has wondrously shown his faithful love to me in a city under siege. 

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Whoever confesses that
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Son of God, 

God abides in him, 
and he in God. 

1 JOHN 4:15 NKJV

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1 John 4:15-18 ESV

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 

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Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me—God sends forth his love and his faithfulness. 

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How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 

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